DB appreciates AG for prompt filing of 4 compilations containing lists of officers


PIL highlighting delay in prosecution sanctions in corruption cases


JAMMU: A Division Bench of High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh comprising Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Javed Iqbal Wani appreciated efforts put in by the office of Advocate General in collecting and compiling information as sought for by the Division Bench pursuant to its last orders regarding list of the officers including that of All India Service against whom investigation stood finalised in the corruption cases but are awaiting the prosecution for want of prosecution sanctions under Prevention of Corruption Act.
When much publicized Public Interest Litigation (PIL No.9/2012) titled Sheikh Mohammad Shafi & Anr V/s Union of India & Ors came up for hearing, the Advocate General D C Raina assisted by AAG Raman Sharma in open court filed a status report in the shape of 4 compilations. The Advocate General apprised Division Bench that first compilation gives picture of the cases where the Govt. has granted sanction for prosecution of the officers year-wise with full details of every officer, while second compilation was regarding FIRs registered with the Anti-Corruption Bureau, wherein sanctions are pending with GAD, third compilation was regarding Regular Departmental Actions (RDA) taken in the last two years i.e. 2020 & 2021 and last compilation was regarding the advisories and alert notes issued by GAD to concerned officers of various Departments.
The Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal took on record the four compilations filed by Advocate General in the open court. The Advocate General in the open court submitted that message is very loud from the Government that there shall be no delay in grant of prosecution sanctions in corruption cases and the message is also very clear from the top echelons of the Government that no tainted person shall be assigned the sensitive/prime positions. The Division Bench after going through four compilations and considering the submissions made by Advocate General D C Raina in the open court observed, “We appreciate the efforts put in by the office of the Advocate General in collecting and compiling all the above information within the short span of time and to place it before the Court”.
The Division Bench further observed that Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed with Advocates Rahul Raina and Supriya Chouhan appearing for petitioners have also been provided with the set of above four compilations have prayed for and is allowed a month’s time to go through the above reports and to come up with their suggestions on the next date.